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The mud run story

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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Let's see: goal #1 was don't get injured. emoticon Crossed finish line in an upright position with a smile on my face.

Goal #2 was don't lose the car key. emoticon I tied it around my waist on a shoestring... with a knot I had to wait to dry off before I was able to untie it to drive home.

Goal #3 was to have fun in spite of myself.

The story: I was channeling my father. I have to arrive early. Besides, it looked like rain and I was afraid the parking would turn into mud, not just the course, so I did arrive early enough to get to park on pavement.

I took a before picture of me, clean. Notice I swapped out for the old glasses, I didn't want to lose the new ones if anything happened... but I strapped 'em on, just in case.


I prepped the car for the inevitable "not so clean" drive home. I have learned how to keep the seats clean.



So then I am milling about the crowd... it really did look like rain.


I found race numbers 1 & 2 also milling about. These gals had driven up from Georgia for this event. Apparently they have a local cousin here. We got to talking, and it turned out that one of these ladies was my age group competition in the 10K. She looked awesome. We talked about line up pace and she gave a number that was faster than my own, so I figure, oh, well, silver is a nice color. She told me she'd looked up on line and we were the only two 50-59 year old females doing the 10K, unless someone showed up at the last minute to participate.

The weather was perfect, in my mind. Cool, but not cold. Shivering just a bit... 60, according to my deck thermometer before I left the house.

I dropped back to the tier that matched what I hoped would be about a 10 minute mile pace. I chatted up a couple of gents who lined up the same. And a few younger women.

The first wave started... and we started forward... it was a narrow chute start, so it got to a point and they stopped us, cold! Made us wait until the first wave cleared the first bend. My competitor was in that first group, I thought, but I really wasn't giving it much thought by that time. I was, in fact, going zen on myself: "It's just another workout. Run easy." That's what I tell myself every race... it's just another workout. Have fun with it.

They let us go, and we started forward. I settled into an easy pace before the first set of obstacles, which they had named the "tubes of fun". As we started, so did the rain. The glasses got spotted almost immediately. I was listening to another runner wishing she had worn a hat... I had figured a hat would have been just another thing to lose in the obstacles, so didn't bother... and ran on, mostly blind.

After that first set of tubes to run around or vault over (runner's choice)... the first half of the 10K was pretty much a straight trail run on gravel.

Then you got to take a sharp right down steps to the first creek crossing and up through forest. First mud pit. More running. "The Great Escape"... gotta be walls... well, it was... but they had side by side taller/shorter walls, and I picked the shorter in each of two. There was a waiting line for the walls, and the rules said you could not go around until the person ahead of you got over... so why not try going over?

They had great support staff there to coach you over the walls and in some cases even give a hand up or spot your drop down on the other side... enough to help an old lady have the confidence she's not going to hurt herself. I got over! First one, then the next, taller one.

So high after that I'm jogging on air... until the cargo-net covered mud pit #2... a runner ahead of me had lost his/her race bib, and I tried to help free it. Big mistake. In the process, my hair tied itself to the cargo net! What's a gal to do? I've already gone over 3 miles, nearly 4... there's a race to finish!

So I grabbed hold by the root and anchored the hair, and told the volunteer to go ahead and yank that net free, since he didn't have a knife or scissors to cut me loose. He asked was I OK after... I was fine... I'd been freed of a trap and was running onward!

Under/over/under came next. Another deeper creek crossing. A mud pit on the far side of a hurdle. A tire pit on mud footing. Then the slip and slide into the main mud pit, and the final balance beam before running the remainder of the last mile.

As I was rounding the bend, I was listening to the announcer give names of the finishers, and my competitor's name was announced. A couple minutes later, I was across the line myself, feeling really, really good, and marvelling that I wasn't winded or achy or anything... I felt good and fit and wonderful.

Can't really ask for more than that. Sprayed off, turned in the chip and changed into clean outer layer at the tailgate. I meandered into the party venue where they had a bluegrass band playing, and the started showing video from the race... so cool. We're a special breed, you know, those of us who "event".

We talked about the obstacles, told one another how emoticon we all are... and eventually they got around to handing out the medals. My mind was saying silver, still. But when it came down to it... they announced her name as the silver medalist. And mine as gold. Turns out, because she started in wave 1, and I in wave 2? Chip time had us only 26 seconds apart... mine was 1 hour, even. Hers 1:00:26. Wow! An incredibly close finish... and you could have knocked me over with a feather. We even asked them "are you sure" and had them double check the results.

Because I would hate to rob someone else of a medal they earned. But when I think through it, it makes sense. I did it. And without skipping obstacles. What a rush.

So now, the medal snap, courtesy of a bystander:
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ALICIA363 3/10/2014 10:30PM

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DALID414 mentioned this blog on her Spark Page, so I had to dig it up and read it.
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CATNCAG 6/3/2013 4:47PM

    Wow you are absolutely incredible! You are my inspiration!!!

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DEEEBEE 3/4/2013 12:08AM

    That's great! You can be so proud!

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LBRAUN5 2/20/2013 1:46PM

  Great job! What a nice surprise to end up with the Gold when you expected Silver!

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JOANNHUNT 11/10/2012 7:05PM

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RUNNINGYOGINIRE 9/28/2012 7:58PM

  hahahaa.... I love the car prep! Awesome!

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MAMA_CD 9/26/2012 6:48PM

    you look like you're having so much fun!

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38BABYGIRL 9/23/2012 11:11AM

    You are a ROCK STAR!!

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CHANGINGHORSES 9/20/2012 8:09PM

    Yes!! You are my hero! I love this!

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FATHINSN 9/17/2012 2:15AM

    I like your preparations, I don't think most of us will think of those!
And congrats for completing and won a silver medal, WOOHOO! I did cringe, though,when I read about yanking your hair off, hehe.

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2WHEELER 9/11/2012 7:12PM

    Congratulations--that is awesome. No, that's not quite right, that didn't say it all. You are emoticon

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GALINAZ 9/11/2012 12:09PM

    You inspire me to brave a mud run, thanks!

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EMMIELANE 9/7/2012 9:56AM

    I love it!!! You are amazing!

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CREECE1 9/4/2012 11:55PM

    Wow some 10K! And to get the gold at that.
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OAKBORN 9/4/2012 11:50PM

    You are one awesome lady! Congratulations on this amazing job!!

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DRAGONCHILDE 9/3/2012 10:25AM

    Totally awesome! I'm going to do this, I just AM. I may not be ready for a tough mudder yet, but I want to do a mud run! (Come on, we Georgians live to roll around in the mud, am I right?)

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MIPALADY23 9/3/2012 9:56AM

    VERY VERY AWESOME!!! Good for you! I'm on my way to that 10k.

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CAROL494 9/1/2012 8:39PM

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MAMA_CD 9/1/2012 7:10PM

    kinda cool!

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SEAJESS 8/31/2012 10:08PM

    You are totally adorable! I've been feeling down and draggy for days but your SparkPage with the wonderful pictures and the energy just radiating out of them MADE MY DAY.

Thank you, thank you, thank you! And congrats on your blog award, too.

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WHITEANGEL4 8/31/2012 2:32PM

    Way to go.....Great

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MOMOSG 8/31/2012 12:11PM

    You rock! Congratulations!

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ERINTHEROCKSTAR 8/31/2012 11:24AM

    So cool!!! I just did my first mud run last weekend - so fun and hard all at the same time!! Congrats!!

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NVRDWN88 8/31/2012 8:46AM

    Thanks for telling your story....sounds like you had fun and some bragging rights is always cool....LOL.......great motivation also.....did my second warrior dash last Sunday and just a good day fun with niece and her man.

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13610511 8/30/2012 7:19PM

    Wow, sounds like fun, and a gold medal too.

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TIFFXCOREX 8/30/2012 4:27PM

  you are so awesome! truly an inspiration :)

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IS1GAR 8/30/2012 12:34PM

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STAPAL 8/30/2012 8:12AM

    That is AWESOME!!! Congrats!!!

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KNEWMETODAY 8/29/2012 10:06PM

    You ROCK!! Congratulations. Running has never been my thing, but I really appreciate those who love it.

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BETTYBOOPS50 8/29/2012 8:28PM

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Thanks! You are truly the inspiration us older generation need!

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GRANDMAPATTYV 8/29/2012 5:25PM

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You are truly an inspiration for us "oldsters"!
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NEWCHINELO 8/29/2012 5:07PM

    THIS IS REALLY ENCOURAGING,CONGRATULATIONS!

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FRABBIT 8/29/2012 1:35PM

  Wow. You have really inspired me here. Way to go. Congrats.

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03BFISCHER 8/29/2012 9:00AM

    Congratulations!! You rock!!!!!!!!!

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LAURIE-RN 8/28/2012 10:37PM

    This was was wonderful to read. Thank you so much for sharing!

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SIMOFDIM 8/28/2012 9:46PM

    You are so inspirational! I actually teared up reading your blog! Good for you! emoticon

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THINTASTICME 8/28/2012 8:05PM

    Congrats! Thank you for the inspiration! emoticon emoticon

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LUVTOBOWL 8/28/2012 4:24PM

    Wow! Good for you and thanks for inspiring me today. I know you got the medal you deserved. emoticon emoticon

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Sounds like you did great! How come you don't have goal #3 as goal met? Sounds like you had a great time. You didn't get any pics covered in mud? Luckily for the mudrun my friend I did, we got one of the volunteers to take it. I posted mine in a blog too :)

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ABILUCHA 8/28/2012 2:03PM

    You're an inspiration! Keep on truckin'! :)

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STACY719 8/28/2012 11:23AM

  Awesome job!! I just completed my first half marathon. It's amazing the pride that comes from these accomplishments.

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BARTHPEPPER 8/28/2012 11:00AM

  Congrats!! You are an amazing woman and a great inspiration

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CJWALD 8/28/2012 10:43AM

    Congratulations! So much fun, I like your statement: "We're a special breed, you know, those of us who "event". " Gonna have to start using it, those of us who "event"!

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-LORI-B 8/28/2012 10:01AM

    Congrats!

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CATHRINE2010 8/28/2012 9:47AM

    That sounds like so much fun? ! I am really glad you shared your experience with us Sparkers! So sorry about your hair but it was worth it to bring home GOLD!!@! Congratulations on your VICTORY! emoticon

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CAROLZ1967 8/28/2012 8:53AM

    Congrats!! You DID earn that! :-) loved the story and you are very inspiring!

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    Congratulations emoticon

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